My heart is heavy with my sorrows
Four cups of coffee, three banana nut cupcakes and a slice of pepperoni pizza. It’s been a tough day.
The owners of a Cape Town flat had the shock of their life when they returned to find that their home had been destroyed by a group of baboons. A dozen chacma baboons clambered into a third floor flat after one of their accomplices managed to get the window open. The baboons raided the cabinets, stole food, ripped off the curtains and even made it off with a teddy bear.
Photo credit: Cyril Ruoso/Minden/Solent
In May, the seafaring lesser noddies head for land to breed. Their arrival on the tiny island of Cousine in the Seychelles coincides with peak web size for the red-legged golden orb-web spiders. The female spiders, which can grow to the size of a hand, create colossal conjoined webs up to 1.5 meters in diameter in which the tiny males gather. These are woven from extremely strong silk and are suspended up to six meters above the ground, high enough to catch passing bats and birds, though it’s flying insects that the spiders are after. Noddies regularly fly into the webs. Even if they struggle free, the silk clogs up their feathers so they can’t fly.
Photo credit: Isak Pretorius / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013